How are the parks and recreational areas in Siesta Key?

Asked by J.P., Tampa, FL Mon Apr 23, 2007

Are there dog parks and running paths?

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Regina Brass…, , 34238
Fri Nov 7, 2008
Hey JP - to my knowledge there are no dog parks on Siesta Key. I may get in trouble for saying this, but although dogs are not allowed on the beaches, in the evenings when there are less people we often see dogs. And I for one think its awesome. But I dont think its officially allowed.

Not any real running paths either, but we do have sidewalks and many, many quiet streets. If you were to live on Siesta, but want a true running path, I would suggest going a few miles over the South Bridge to the new Legacy Trail, a beautiful 17 mile (give or take) wooded running and bike path with entrances/exits every mile or so. There is always running on the beach!

As for other recreation areas, Siesta Key Beach is the most well known of course. While crowded, its great for families because there are restrooms, concessions, and showers. There are playgrounds, picnic areas, a beach volleyball court, and the Siesta Key drumcircle. If you dont have kids with you (so you dont have to keep going back to the bathroom) I would park at the very north end of the lot, then walk north from there until you find your deserted stretch of beach.

A less popular beach area is Turtle Beach Park at the south end of the Key. The beach is much smaller, and the parking lot much smaller to traverse as well. But there are great quiet areas along the inlets, with a shaded playground and picnic area. There is a boat ramp where you can also launch kayaks and canoes, jetskis into the Bay - dolphins, mangroves, quiet water. Its beautiful.

If you like fishing, there is a great little park directly at the north causeway bridge, in the south side. You can park, watch the boats and guys fishing and crabbing. The birds know what to expect and you will often share a bench with a heron or ibis as they wait for the fish haul. Walk under the bridge to see a great view of the Sarasota skyline and John Ringling bridge (heres the view - )

Finally, a great little secret - walk out on Avenida Messina, just north of the village to the beach - its rocky, and wilder looking, and has a whole different feel than the expansive white beaches.

The magic of the Key is in exploring it. There may not be many "official" parks but nature is at every turn. I hope this helps.
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Steve & Judy…, Agent, Sarasota, FL
Wed Apr 6, 2011
No, there are no designated running paths or dog parks on Siesta Key but the entire island is very dog friendly. There are even a couple restaurants that allow dogs.

Also, I like to run along Midnight Pass Rd. where it cuts off from Higel as there is a nice wide sidewalk as well as a lot of shade. And there is always the Beach!
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Tammy Mast, , Sarasota County, FL
Sat Mar 19, 2011
Hi J.P. Sarasota is very pet friendly. Unfortunately there are no dog parks on Siesta Key and it is against the law for dogs to be on any Siesta Key beaches. However Sarasota County Sarasota has 4 state-of-the-art dog parks. There are several dog parks in Sarasota. Here is the list:

17th Street Paw Park, 4510 17th St., Sarasota, 941-861-9830
Lakeview Paw Park, 7150 Lago St., Sarasota, 941-861-9830
Brohard Paw Park and Dog Beach, 1600 Harbor Dr. S., Venice, 941-861-9830
Woodmere Paw Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice, 941-486-2780

There are 3 parks on Siesta Key. Siesta Key Public Beach, Turtle Beach Public Beach, and Glebe Park. I noticed that Geoff has already filled you in on the specifics of those parks. You will see runners on the sidewalks all over Siesta Key at all times of the day.

Let me know if I can help you find the perfect Sarasota home. Would you be interested in a new construction maintenance free home with a dog park at the center of the neighborhood? Most of my clients have pets and have found Sarasota to be a very pet friendly town.

Tammy Mast
Re/Max Alliance Group
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Eric Thompson, Agent, sarasota, FL
Thu Mar 10, 2011
"The whitest and finest sand in the world". Harvard University's geology department found that the sand on Siesta Key is 99 percent pure quartz grains, ultimately derived from the southern Appalachian Mountains.

The best time to be on Siesta Key beach is during a full moon after sunset. The entire beach is illuminated brightly. It is absolutely a 'must-do' event!
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Geoff Rossman, Agent, Siesta Key, FL
Mon Jun 1, 2009
There are several parks on Siesta Key. The main one being Siesta Key Public Beach. It has alot of ameneties including: bathrooms, concession with hot foods and cold drinks, covered pavilions and picnic tables and tennis courts. Parking fills up fast there.

Turtle Beach has been recently renourished. It is Siesta's secret. The sand is just regular beach sand compared to Siesta's 99% quartz white sand but it doesn't stick to you. The park offers a children's play area, bathrooms, and a covered pavillion with picnic tables. If you walk South past the condos and homes, you will find Palmer park which is only accesible by boat or walking. It is a great place to look for shells.

There is also Glebe park which is located on Midnight Pass Rd and has an outdoor basketball court, a nature trail, a walking trail, open space, a picnic pavilion, a playground.

Dogs are not allowed on Siesta Key Beaches (by law). Running can be done from one end of the island to the other. There are no specificed paths but bike paths and sidewalks are there that can be used.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

Geoff Rossman
RE/MAX Tropica Sands
(941) 544-3232
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David B. Lev…, , Longboat Key, FL
Mon Dec 15, 2008
The beach is really your park. Siesta being an island is mainly beach. The southend of the island is a little more quiet than the north near Turtle Beach. Longboat and Ldo each have the parks if you are interested.
Talk to you soon
David Leventhal
Coldwell Banker
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Kathy Wood, , Siesta Key, FL
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Siesta Key is known for it's white beaches. It has been ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the world for the past couple years. It is an absolute must see. There are ballparks, public parks, hiking trails, running trails, biking trails located throughout the city and along the waterways.
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